AATCC Pitch It to Win It Student Competition (undergrad)

Pitch your textile project, get selected, win prizes!

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OverviewGuidelinesPotential Topics

The Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Undergraduate Student Competition is intended to highlight projects conducted by students from all areas of the textile/apparel supply chain. Projects submitted may include academic research, technology and/or process investigations, and literature reviews.  This competition is designed to enhance the textile education experience for student members of AATCC.  The intent is to encourage independent student projects both within the USA and internationally.

Phase I: “Teaser/Elevator Pitch” Video Submission: Due by 12:00 pm US EST February 23, 2021

  • Finalists will be notified by March 16, 2021

Phase II: Finalist Written Submission :Due by 12:00 pm US EST April 26, 2021

  • Winners will be notified by June 1, 2021

* December graduates are eligible to submit; however, all work must be completed during the undergraduate year!

Phase I: “Teaser/Elevator Pitch” Video Submission

The purpose of Phase I of the competition is to explain your project in less than 3 minutes in a video format. The goal is to present your project clearly, concisely, and enthusiastically so the judges will invite you to be a finalist in the competition to learn more!

Guidelines:

  • Explain your project in a 3 minute or less video pitch to an audience who are not experts or specialists in your field
  • The video should include a description of the project including background information and the significance of the work
  • Describe the project outcomes including any research conclusions, investigation learnings, and
  • Paint a picture for the audience and tell a story or illustrate a

Rules:
One PowerPoint slide can be used in the background as a visual tool to enhance your presentation.
– Slide should include title of the project and your No school names, logos, backgrounds, or items that would identify your school!
No lab equipment, or physical props are allowed in the video Spoken word only (no poems, songs, etc)
Explain your project using descriptive and understandable language/terms
Video should be taken solely of the individual; presenter should be dressed professionally Do not go over the allotted time
Entries that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified at the discretion of the judges

Submission: The video must be uploaded to a video sharing website such as YouTube and finalists must submit form to patelm@aatcc.org for judging.

Judging:

  • Topic selection (10 points)
  • Significance of work (12 points)
  • Background information, (evidence of research) (8 points)
  • Summary of information and learnings (14 points)
  • Recommendations (6 points)
  • Delivery of the presentation (clear, informative, and convincing) (10 points)

Timeline: The competition is organized into 2 phases.

Phase I Entries:
Due by 12:00 pm US EST February 23, 2021

  • Finalists will be notified by March 16, 2021

Phase II Finalist Entries:
Due by 12:00 pm US EST April 26, 2021

  • Winners will be notified by June 1, 2021

Awards

  • 1st place: US $1,000.00
  • 2nd place: US $600.00
  • 3rd place: US $400.00

Winners will be announced by June 1, 2021.

Questions: Contact Manisha Patel at patelm@aatcc.org

Faculty Note: AATCC encourages faculty to incorporate this project into their curriculum. Faculty members are encouraged to assist students with the coordination of the entry, and to act as liaisons with AATCC for this competition.

Permissions: By entering the competition, you agree to allow AATCC to use your entry in print and electronic publications, online media, and press releases. You retain all rights to your project.

Entry Requirements:
Undergraduate students

  • December graduates may compete as long as ALL work is completed during the undergraduate’s final semester

Individuals only (no groups)

Must be an AATCC student member to enter the competition.

  • Join online or submit application (US$35/year)
  • Memberships must be purchased by February 22, Allow one business day to process.

Phase II: Finalist Written Submission

The purpose of this portion of the competition is to further detail the student’s project findings in a written format.

Applied Technology Paper Guidelines:
The student may seek the advice of persons in industry or academia, but the preponderance of the work should belong to the student and the role of these academic or industrial advisors or any other nonstudent must be no more than advisory. Therefore, nonstudents can only be listed on the byline as co-author with a notation in parenthesis that the nonstudent was an advisor to the work.
The length of the paper shall not exceed 5 pages including all text, figures, tables, references, and other matter in the paper. Paper format instructions can be found here.
Review and use the following criteria for sources used in the applied technology paper:

  • Has the material you referenced been written by academics, scientists or experts and intended for reading by other academics or expert communities?
  • Is the primary purpose of the reference to be informative or is it mostly entertaining and/or sensational?
  • Has the work you’re referencing been peer reviewed and are sources provided by the author?

The final date for acceptance of papers is 12:00 pm US EST April 26, 2021. Papers arriving after this deadline are not eligible for consideration in the competition. Papers should be submitted in a Word Document and returned via email to patelm@aatcc.org. A non-exclusive copyright form containing the student and advisor’s signature must be submitted with the written manuscript.

Judging:
A panel of judges will evaluate the papers and select the top 3. Judging will be based on:
Written Paper (40 total points)

  • Clarity (12 points)
  • Arrangement (12 points)
  • Conclusion (10 points)
  • References (6 points)

The total number of points achieved on both the video submission (Phase I) and written paper (Phase II) will determine the first, second and third place winners. The maximum points achievable on the video submission is 60 and 40 on the written paper for a total of 100 points.

AATCC Pitch It to Win It: Undergraduate student competition
Below are potential topics (not all inclusive):

  • Sustainability (recycling, life cycle analysis, waste management)
  • Textile performance (consumer demand, finishing technologies, evaluation procedures)
  • New technologies for textile and apparel manufacturing (digital print, 3D printing, 3D product development, 3D body scanning)
  • Color science & color management
  • Consumer behavior
  • Evolution of the retail environment (e-commerce, social media)
  • Supply chain management (and associated technologies including PLM)
  • Compliance and regulation
  • Garment fit and sizing
  • Wet processing technologies, strategies and chemistry
  • Evaluation of new fiber and textile materials
  • Novel approaches to fabric design and construction (application of technology)
  • Integration of fabric and product design
  • Technology through the supply chain/in the retail environment (e.g. virtual reality, augmented reality, PLM, automated checkout)
  • CAD and 3D for visual merchandising
  • CAD for textile design and manufacturing

If you have questions regarding suitable topic, please email Manisha Patel at patelm@aatcc.org

  • Membership Deadline

    February 23, 2021
  • Phase I Entries

    12:00 pm US EST February 22, 2021
  • Finalist Entries

    Due by 12:00 pm US EST April 26, 2021

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Pitch It to Win It Student Competition Winners

2021

AATCC is happy to announce the winners of the 2021 Pitch It to Win It Student Competition.

The Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Undergraduate Student Competition is intended to highlight projects conducted by students from all areas of the textile/apparel supply chain. Projects submitted may include academic research, technology and/or process investigations, and literature reviews. This competition is designed to enhance the textile education experience for student members of AATCC. The intent is to encourage independent student projects both within the USA and internationally.

First Place

US$1000

Sophia Luu

Project: Optimizing 3D Fashion Design Software for Physically Disabled Populations

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design: Creative and Technical Design

School: Iowa State University

Luu says “The Pitch It to Win It competition has helped me learn how to communicate very discipline-specific research endeavors into accessible presentations that anyone can understand and glean significance from. Additionally, this competition has further broadened my understanding of 3D fashion CAD systems and aspects that can be improved for inclusive apparel design purposes.”

Phase I Video Submission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lChrYN8nb_s

Phase II Written Submission: http://aatcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Optimizing-3D-Fashion-CAD-Software_Pitch-It-2021.pdf

Second Place

US$600

Jessica Trippiedi

Project: Huubi

School: Fashion Institute of Technology

Major: Textile Development & Marketing

Trippiedi says, “Participating in the AATCC Pitch It to Win It competition gave me the freedom to ignite my passions and challenged me to explore the limits of endless possibilities.”

Phase I Video Submission: https://youtu.be/ErRDLLRfwtY

Phase II Written Submission: http://aatcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Huubi.pdf

Third Place

US$400

Brooke McKee

Project: BooRay Clo.

School: University of Missouri

Major: Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Product Development

McKee says, “This competition taught me to be thorough in my work and to always back up my claims.  As the process went on, I learned more and more about sustainability, humbling me on the amount of information I thought I already knew.”

Phase I Video Submission: https://youtu.be/GmJHmJ5R0Ns

Phase II Written Submission: http://aatcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/BooRay.pdf

Thank you to the following developers and judges!

Without their expertise and assistance, the Competition would not have been possible.

  • Kanti Jasani, Performance & Technical Textile Consulting
  • Kerry King, Vice President, R&D at Spoonflower Inc
  • Janet Brady, Associate Professor Materials Technology, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Martha Carper, Retired, University of Delaware & DuPont
  • Nelson Houser, AATCC Board of Directors member
  • Roland Connelly, RoLyn Group Color Consultants
  • Ashley Handley, Senior Technical Services Specialist at UL Retail and Industry
  • Alissa Baier-Lentz, Co-Founder and COO at Kintra Fibers

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